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It has been four years since 140,000 displaced Rohingya Muslims began living in squalid refugee camps surrounded by barbed wire and armed guards, with no sign of returning home.
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At least 15 Filipino penitents were nailed to the cross on Good Friday, an annual Holy Week ritual that has attracted thousands of people, including foreign tourists.
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A Cardinal from India said, "If Mother Teresa was alive, she would have been surprised by the large crowd and would have asked us to disperse, go out and do something for the poor."
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Ignored by the mainstream media, the Marrakesh Declaration has been acclaimed as a new dawn of Muslim tolerance by some commentators.
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IT IS not known what prompted the chairman of the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) publicly to announce a U-turn in the blasphemy law.
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Hyeon Soo Lim, a South Korean-born Canadian who was the head pastor at one of Canada's largest churches, had been held by North Korea since February.
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Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said China fully respected religious freedom.
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Turkey told Beijing on Tuesday it was worried over reports Uighur people had been banned from worship and fasting during the holy month of Ramadan.
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Opposition and anger have been growing among extremist Buddhist nationalists and monks against a newly installed vice president in Burma, Henry Van Thio.
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For the 29th year in a row, a Filipino penitent fulfilled his vow to be nailed on the cross on Good Friday. This year he was one of ten to re-enact the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
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